CNN's Prime Time Audience Plunges 26% -- Fox Dominates

By Michael W. Chapman | May 1, 2019 | 2:45pm EDT
CNN's Chris Cuomo. 

According to the latest television audience data from Nielsen, CNN's prime time audience fell 26% in April 2019 compared to its audience in April 2018. Total audience in prime time for CNN last month was only 767,000 viewers, reported Forbes

For comparison, MSNBC came in second place with 1.66 million viewers and the Fox News Channel (FNC) led the pack in prime time with 2.395 million viewers, said Forbes


April was CNN's lowest-rated month since October 2015. Even CNN's most popular show, Cuomo Primetime, only drew 917,000 viewers in April, "the show's worst-ever performance," reported Forbes

FNC's top show, Hannity, pulled in 3.086 million viewers, more than three times CNN's best performer. MSNBC is in a strong second place, having beaten "CNN for 27 straight months in prime," said the magazine. 

"Among viewers 25-54, the demographic most coveted by national advertisers, the falloff for CNN was even more stark: down 41 percent," reported Forbes.  "CNN drew 198,000 viewers in the demo, behind MSNBC (255,000) and Fox News (389,000). All three networks saw year-over-year declines in April, with MSNBC down 36% and FNC down 19%."

While Hannity was the number one prime show with 3.086 million viewers, FNC's Tucker Carlson Tonight was second with 2.834 million viewers, and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show was third, with 2.630 million. 

"None of CNN's prime time hours finished among the top five shows overall," said Forbes.  "CNN's top-rated hour, Cuomo Primetime, finished in 26th place."

FNC's Sean Hannity.  (YouTube)

In addition, "For Fox, the ratings data released Tuesday by Nielsen put the network into a staggering unbeaten streak as the most-watched cable news network in prime time and total day, at 208 consecutive months."

h/t Forbes

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